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First parliamentary session in line with constitution, says Cambodian foreign ministry
Publication Date : 24-09-2013
The Inaugural session of the 5th legislature of the Cambodian parliament was held in accordance with the national constitution and its laws, and foreign intervention is not needed, according to a statement issued by the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
"We do not need at all the endorsement by any foreign envoy on the outcomes of the general elections on 28 July 2013 and the functioning of the National Assembly," the statement said.
"Moreover, the Cambodian political party does not need any endorsement from foreign diplomatic mission because it already has the support of its people," the statement added.
Cambodia is not a " banana republic" and can never "accept the arrogant behaviour of ambassador from any foreign diplomatic mission, whatever the country he represents".
And in regards to the alleged poll irregularities they have been "completely dealt with by the competent institution of Cambodia, the National Election Committee and the Constitutional Council, in accordance with the Cambodian laws".
King Norodom Sihamoni opened the inaugural session of the National Assembly yesterday despite a boycott by the opposition National Rescue Party's (CNRP) lawmakers.
During the session, the King said that the National Assembly in this fifth legislature will fulfill its tasks successfully for the country and its citizens.
He had also appointed Hun Sen as the Prime Minister of Cambodia.
"To the gratitude of the King who has appointed me as Prime Minister of Cambodia, I will work hard from my mind and heart to fulfill my tasks to serve the interest of the country and its citizens,” Hun Sen said in a letter to the King.
However, the Cambodia National Rescue Party issued a statement criticizing the opening of the first session of parliament because only the elected lawmakers from the Cambodian People’s Party attended the session.
They said that the session violated the constitution as Cambodian citizens voted for two parties, but the session was held with involvement of only one party.